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Rehab in the Home Setting

Changes in health often mean changes in abilities, daily routine and comfort level at home.  People are anxious to return to the life they enjoyed before being impacted by illness, injury or surgery. Physical, occupational and speech therapists from the Rutland Area VNA (RAVNAH) take care of people in their homes by helping them regain […]

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Quality Improvement Specialist Passes Coding Exam

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) is pleased to announce that Ann Pollock, RN, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, recently passed the Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis (HCS–D) exam through the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), the credentialing arm of the Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance […]

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Keep the Flu Away

We’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed some of the best summer weather on record.  But these beautiful, warm days will soon fade, as we enter the cool, crisp weather of fall.  And who knows what this winter will bring? One thing we do know is that we want to stay healthy during the winter months. […]

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Seniors and Depression – A Common Problem

Depression is a medical illness in which a person has persistent feelings of sadness, discouragement and little self-worth. Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but is often not recognized or treated. Causes of Depression In the elderly, a number of life changes can increase the risk for depression, or make existing depression worse. […]

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“Breathe Easy” Helps Patients Breathe Easier

Improved Quality of Life from those Suffering from COPD RAVNAH, in partnership with Wilcox Bioscrip, offers a new pulmonary rehabilitation program to help improve the quality of life for those living with pulmonary disease. Breathe Easy is a clinically integrated, in-home program designed to mirror the level of care you would receive in a setting […]

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How do I Become a Hospice Volunteer?

Hospice volunteering is a unique opportunity to serve our fellow human beings at a potentially scary time in their lives.  Hospice volunteers  are an integral part of hospice care. Why do so many step forward to volunteer? It may be a sense that this is a way to “give back” to an organization or system […]

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The Importance of Adult Immunizations

Vaccines may be the greatest technological development of the 20th Century. Immunizations are so effective at preventing and eradicating disease that many Americans have never seen a single case of mass epidemics, such as smallpox and polio. Despite the many advances in modern medicine, each year, thousands of people in the U.S. die from diseases that […]

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Important News for Internatinal Travelers

SAFE TRAVELS Planning a trip to relax and recharge your batteries? Or to seize an opportunity in the global marketplace?  Go for it!  Overseas travel can provide opportunities to volunteer, work, or relax – but it is important to make sure you and your loved ones are protected with vaccines against serious diseases. Plan Ahead […]

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Foot Care Tips for Happy Feet

Most of us neglect our feet.  But it’s important to take care of our feet if we want to stay active and comfortable throughout our lives.  For people with diabetes, careful, frequent foot care is even more critical. Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet, depriving feet of oxygen which makes it harder for […]

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